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What is the most difficult part in working in the physical or occupational therapy profession?

I am a sophomore in high school and the past few years I have been wanting to become and physical or occupational therapist but I'm not really sure how well I would do in either of them. I am a outgoing person who is very motivated and compassionate. #therapy #career #business

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Deborah D.’s Answer

I am not a therapist. I worked ten years as the assistant to the Department Physiatrist.
I was also the Office Manager for the Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, as well as Therapeutic Learning for abused infants and adolescents.
I had ongoing relationships with the Therapist to coordinate best practice for patient care. I can tell you that compassion is key. Your motivation will contribute to how you respond to patients, and how you do your job.
I might describe the difference between Physical and Occupational Therapy as one is more hands on than the other.
Occupational Therapy is hands on, working with patient dexterity . You will make splints, help them work their hands and do normal everyday activities.
Physical Therapy is trying to get the patient moving again. You don't want to hold them up, but you may have to put your back into it on occasion
I would suggest that you volunteer at a local hospital to see first hand just what goes on in the department.
If you enjoy people, there is nothing more satisfying than seeing patients overcome their challenges, and get back to their lives.
Wishing you the best of luck.

Deborah D. recommends the following next steps:

https://thelegacyseniorcommunities.org/the-differences-between-occupational-and-physical-therapy/#:~:text=The%20main%20difference%20between%20physical%20therapy%20and%20occupational,%E2%80%93%20and%20how%20the%20situation%20can%20be%20improved.
https://www.healthline.com/health/occupational-therapy-vs-physical-therapy#similarities
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Sendil’s Answer

The challenges facing occupational therapists include proving our value in an economic trend of downsizing, competing within the medical profession, developing and affiliating with new payer sources, and reengineering our careers to meet the needs of the new, nontraditional health care marketplace.
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